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 SCORE  2 - 2    Gate 192

DATE30/03/19.  For the Match Preview click HERE

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Two goals in a two minute spell within the last five minutes rescued a point for Folkestone Invicta on their first visit to Potters Bar’s Pakex Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Invicta had gone 2-0 down in the 80th minute but pulled an 86th minute goal back courtesy of an Ira Jackson free kick and then made it 2-2 a minute later thanks to a great finish from top goalscorer Ade Yusuff.

The point takes Potters Bar a step closer to safety in their first season in the Bostik League Premier Division and while the draw does little to help Invicta’s fading hopes of reaching the play offs the late comeback did leave the Folkestone club returning in better spirits than it might have done.

It had looked like being one of those days for Neil Cugley’s side as they had a penalty award over-turned for offside just before half time and were then unhappy with the goal that led to them going in 1-0 down at the interval as the visitors claimed a foul on goalkeeper Tim Roberts.

With defenders Josh Vincent and Finn O’Mara suspended after their late sendings off in the last gasp home defeat against Worthing the previous Saturday Invicta brought Matt Newman and Kieron McCann back into their starting X1.

Right back was always going to be the problem position given the personnel available and Invicta opted for a 3-5-2 formation with captain Callum Davies on the right hand side of a three-man defence.

The home side had an early chance when Josh Hutchinson played the ball forward to Bradley Sach who put it through to Dernell Wynter on the right hand side but Roberts got down to save in the third minute.

At the other end, Scott Heard sent over the first corner of the game for Invicta that was met by a good Newman header and Invicta appealed for handball in the seventh minute.

A headed back pass from Invicta defender Davies put Roberts in trouble and the goalkeeper was given the benefit of the doubt for his tenth minute challenge on Nana Kyei.

Jackson then fired into the side netting for Invicta from the left hand side three minutes later.

Alfie Paxman received the ball from Nat Blanks in the 17th minute and played it across from the left to Yusuff on the right whose shot took a deflection off a defender but a goal kick was given.

Sach got in behind Blanks two minutes later and found Wynter but Davies came to Invicta’s rescue with a good saving tackle.

A 24th minute Heard corner from the right hand side was met by Newman again in the 20th minute when Sach cleared off the line.

McCann’s shot from outside the penalty area then took a deflection a minute later when home goalkeeper Niko Tzanev got down to save.

The first half’s main talking points were to follow in the closing minutes.

Ian Draycott received the ball from Micheal Everitt and played it through to Jackson who was brought down by big defender Ben Martin in the 43rd minute. Referee Joshua Crofts gave a penalty but was then alerted to an offside flag waved by assistant Miroslav Belik and over-turned his original decision.

Wynter then played the ball through to Hutchinson but Davies averted the danger and put the ball out for the home side’s first corner of the afternoon. KYEI’s set piece from the right was caught by Roberts but the goalkeeper took a step back and assistant referee Daniel O’Sullivan indicated that the ball had crossed the line. Invicta players surrounded the official as they claimed a push on Roberts.

A Yusuff shot was blocked by George Nicholas when Blanks played the ball forward at the start of the second half.

McCann’s 52nd minute snapshot was on target but comfortably saved by Tzanev after Blanks and Draycott had combined to find Paxman on the left.

Andy Lomas’ free kick at the other end found Hutchinson a minute later who played it out to Wynter on the right hand side and the latter drilled a low ball across the Invicta goal that was just in front of Sach close to the goal line.

You got the feeling that it was not going to be Invicta’s day as Blanks played the ball forward to Jackson on the hour mark and the striker lifted the ball over the goalkeeper from the right hand side but the ball went wide of the far post.

Stefan Powell played a 65th minute ball up to Sach who produced a good run and strike that just wide of the target.

Sach then got in behind central defender Newman when Nicholas played the ball up to him two minutes later and got another shot in but was wide of the post.

Heard got a 70th minute shot in but Tzanev when a Yusuff ball reached the right hand side and a Heard corner from the right then took a touch a minute later when Tzanev made a good save.

Paxman dropped to left back when Invicta brought striker Johan Ter Horst on for Blanks as the visitors’ chased the game.

A 76th minute Paxman clearance fell to Nicholas who played the ball out to Kyei on the right and the latter took it on past Paxman and hit a low shot but Roberts got down to save.

Howard Hall’s free kick from the left was met by a Sach header over the bar after a foul by Jackson on Nicholas three minutes later.

The home side then went 2-0 up when SACH slotted his 80th minute shot into the net.

When Sach was replaced in the 86th minute the home side was 2-0 up but within two minutes the scores were level.

JACKSON pulled a goal back with his free kick into the corner of the net after a foul by James Budden on Ter Horst.

21-year-old Jackson had not started a game for Invicta at the start of the month but having scored on his full senior debut at Carshalton has now hit five goals in five starting appearances during the calendar month.

It was 2-2 in the 87th minute when Eveirtt played a well-weighted ball through to YUSUFF who thumped it into the net after McCann had out-muscled substitute Sean Bonnet Johnson.

Late goals have cost Potters Bar this season and they had conceded two late ones to Phil Starkey and Draycott when gone down 2-0 away to Invicta back in November.

Invicta now harboured hopes of grabbing an unlikely winner but it was The Scholars that had the game’s final couple of chances.

The ball broke for home substitute Ben Ward Cochrane inside the penalty area but Roberts saved after a corner from the right had been cleared but came back into the box.

Ward Cochrane then combined with fellow substitute Marvin Morgan in the 90th minute and drilled the ball across goal but Everitt cleared.

A run off one win in their last seven Bostik League Premier Division matches has seen Invicta drop into the bottom half of a congested table.

Potters Bar’s Sach was the game’s only booking for a 34th minute challenge on Blanks.

POTTERS BAR TOWN: Tzanev, Hall, Lomas, Nicholas, Buden, Martin, Wynter (Ward Cochrane 72 mins), Powell, Hutchinson (Morgan 59 mins), Sach (Bonnet Johnson 85 mins), Kyei.  Unused subs: Grace, Cole.

FOLKESTONE INVICTA: Roberts, McCann, Blanks (Ter Horst 72 mins), Newman, Davies, Paxman, Heard, Everitt, Draycott, Yusuff, Jackson.  Unused subs: Madden, Baker, Shaw.

Corners: Potters Bar 3 Invicta 8